Expansion of mental health services becoming law

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado will increase mental health services with walk-in crisis centers and a 24-hour hotline under a bill getting signed by the governor.

The proposal is one that Gov. John Hickenlooper and state health officials began talking about days after last summer's shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater. Lawyers for the suspect have said he is mentally ill.

Lawmakers allocated nearly $20 million for the expansion of mental health services, which Hickenlooper plans to sign Thursday morning.

Hickenlooper will also sign a bill that creates a task force to study how to consolidate Colorado laws for placing someone in involuntary commitment.

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